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Richmond North Property Corp. Fined $37,500 For Asbestos Violation


LONDON, ON - December 18, 2009 - Richmond North Property Corp. pleaded guilty and Ontario News Roomwas fined $37,500 on December 14, 2009, for asbestos violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

During the summer of 2007, the company was renovating a building it owned on Richmond St. N. in London.  On August 16, 2007, the Ministry of Labour found that asbestos was present at the project.  An investigation revealed the company had failed to advise its workers of the asbestos. Workers also did not know where the asbestos-containing material was or whether the asbestos was friable.  If a substance is friable, it is easily broken down, making it possible to inhale.

Richmond North Property Corp. pleaded guilty to failing to:

advise workers of asbestos-containing material
provide workers with the location of asbestos-containing material
advise workers whether asbestos-containing material was friable or non-friable.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Stewart Taylor.  In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Court Information at a Glance

Location:  Ontario Court of Justice 
                        824 Dundas St.
                  London, Ont.

Judge:  Justice of the Peace Stewart Taylor

Date of Conviction:   December 14, 2009

Defendants:  Richmond North Property Corp.

Matter:  Occupational Health and Safety

Convictions:  Ontario Regulation 278/05, Section 5(2)

Crown Counsel:  Katherine Ballweg and Sarah Loosemore


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